ABC TV in Australia has tapped Banijay Group company Screentime Factual to produce a three-hour unscripted series with the working title of The Flying Miners.
The series follows fly-in fly-out miners who work across Australia, as well as the mining executives who keep the industry alive.
Filming has begun on the series, which is produced with the financial assistance of Screen Australia and ScreenWest. International sales will be represented by Banijay International.
“Working on the frontline of the country’s greatest resources boom, The Flying Miners captures ordinary Australians, the faces behind the headlines,” said Stephen Peters, executive producer for Screentime. “We are thrilled to share the unique and untold stories of the people at the epicenter of the mining industry.”
“Reports about the mining boom being over are greatly exaggerated,” added ABC TV commissioning editor Anita Brown. “This will be a powerful documentary series filmed at a seminal point in the industry’s development. Screentime has got some fantastic access, and at the heart of the series will be the characters who drive the industry, from the bottom of the pit to the top of the executive boardroom.”